In researching who are the top ten highest-paid personal trainers in America, one thing became clear very quickly: Highly-paid trainers don’t publicize their annual incomes. So, we can only guess as to their incomes, but among famous and high-priced celebrity trainers, we can, with reasonable accuracy, name the top ten.
Reading up on the curriculum vitae of the top personal trainers in the U.S. began to reveal a recurring theme. Almost without exception, the most sought-after and well-known personal trainers don’t just earn their salaries solely as personal trainers (even though they can demand $300.00 per hour or more). Their chief incomes are as authors of self-help books, spokespersons and motivational speakers, as merchandisers of their own products related to health and fitness, and even as actors and models.
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How Do You Judge the Top Ten Trainers?
Since we can’t get an accurate picture of their personal training income, the criteria for judging the top ten highest-paid personal trainers in America needs to change. For the purposes of this blog article, we will judge them by entrepreneurship, reputation and results, and in doing so, certain trainers begin to set themselves apart from the rest.
This is one high-energy trainer that makes his workouts engaging and fun for the client. They’ll get crow’s feet from laughing! Peterson can be hired for personal appearances and for speaking engagements, and he has been featured in many different publications, such as Men’s Health, Self, Glamour, US, InStyle, Fitness, and on network television, as well, as a guest expert on several talk shows. To learn more about Gunnar check out his website: http://www.gunnarpeterson.com/
Personal trainer for Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys, Jessica Simpson, Orlando Bloom, Halle Berry, Miley Cyrus, Katherine Heigl, Jimmy Fallon, just to name a few! Pasternack has a Master of Science degree in Exercise Physiology.
He has authored a book on a diet he created called “5-Factor,” and is a very enthusiastic spokesman for his own diet food product line called “5-Factor World Diet.” He packs a suitcase of his 5-Factor bars when he travels, never missing an opportunity to bring them out.
Pasternack is highly-intelligent, too. Right before his famous client Lady Gaga went onstage at the Grammy Awards, he planned a workout session with her. Why then? Because he knows that a strenuous workout boosts confidence and brings about mental clarity, and he wanted Lady Gaga to knock ‘em dead. That she did!
>He also takes time to play spokesman for Coca-Cola’s Fuze drinks and for New Balance shoes. He’s one busy guy who runs his enterprise like a Fortune-500 business.
Personal trainer for many celebrities (including the late Michael Jackson), is also a bodybuilder, and won several titles including Mr. Universe and Mr. America.
He has also been a television actor for the hit series “The Incredible Hulk” from 1977-1982. He has appeared on various sitcoms, such as “Reno! 911,” and “The King of Queens.” Ferrigno was a big-screen actor in films such as the famous weightlifting classic movie “Pumping Iron,” “Sinbad of the Seven Seas,” “I Love You, Man,” “Cage,” Cage II.”
He has made many cameo appearances and done plenty of voice-overs in cartoons, and has quite a few commercials to his credit, as well. He has also appeared on countless magazine covers, and in dozens of feature articles.
He also has a wide-ranging merchandise line on his website, ranging from posters to DVD’s to T-shirts. Of the personal trainers on this list, he’s the only one with a fan club!
Ferrigno and his wife Carla, also a personal trainer, are noted philanthropists, giving of themselves generously for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Lou Ferrigno is definitely one of the good guys in the industry.
Personal trainer for Oprah Winfrey, has authored several books, created an online weight loss membership program called “Best Life,” and offers personalized diet plans for people ready to make changes in their diets and lifestyles. He also has a quality weight loss butter-replacement product line, also called “Best Life,” and is helping many diabetics to lose weight and improve their medical condition, thus, saving their lives.
Greene has a loyal following of diet and fitness fans, plus the respect of the medical community for waging war on Type 2 Diabetes in America.
Personal trainer for L.L. Cool J, Leonardo DiCaprio, Joey Lawrence, Tyler Perry, Cedric Boswell, and a long list of athletes, celebrities, and everyday folks. Buer writes a weekly health and fitness blog in the acclaimed Huffington Post.
Buer, who, once upon a time, was a fat little boy who didn’t speak English well and was bullied in school, now has a long list of certifications and credentials, and has his seriously chiseled physique plastered on billboards around his base in Atlanta, GA.
After his own dream of competing on the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Team was destroyed in a serious auto accident, David developed techniques for helping people with post-injury and post-surgical physical rehabilitation.
Personal trainer for Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, Mary J. Blige, Beyonce, Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliot, and many others in the biz. He has a line of nutritional supplements sold at GNC stores, and a DVD called “90-Day Transformation.”
He became the spokesperson for the United Way in 2010, has created a fitness program for children called “Fun, Fly, and Fit.” He has been featured on MTV, BET, E! Entertainment, and in Essence, Ebony, Muscle and Fitness. He is the co-author of “The Jump Off: 60 Days to a Hip Hop Hard Body.”
Jenkins is also the founder and co-owner of International Fitness, a company which specializes in physical training for performing artists.
Personal trainer and monthly magazine column writer for Inside Fitness Magazine and bodybuilding.com. He is an internationally-known motivational speaker, fitness specialist, and nutritionist, as well as a former medaled swimming champion. DiAngelo was named the best personal fitness trainer by New York Magazine, Oxygen Fitness Magazine, and Newsweek.
He has a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology, and is a sports psychology expert, teaching mental strategies to his clients to keep them in peak form, both physically and mentally. Learn more about Joe at his website: http://www.musclebomb.com/
Personal trainer for many L.A. celebrities, including Reese Witherspoon, Julianne Moore, Meg Ryan, Christian Slater, Sela Ward, and Dennis Quaid. He’s the whole package: Mind, body, and spirit transformation, through blending Eastern and Western philosophies, Yoga, martial arts, strength training, and core training, among other tools.
Earning dual degrees in both marketing management and communications, George is the consummate entrepreneur, and has driven himself and his business into the spotlight with his highly successful total body fitness program. He calls his program “Integrated Motivational Fitness,” and the results are phenomenal.
George reaches customers in more media platforms than his competitors: